With the end of the summer transfer window edging ever closer, Henry Jackson rounds up the latest news affecting Liverpool over the last couple of days.
The Liverpool Echo reported on Thursday evening that Flanagan is close to agreeing a new long-term deal at Anfield.
The 21-year-old enjoyed a terrific season last year, becoming a regular at full-back as the Reds finished second, and he has confirmed that a new contract is in place.
“There have been some talks and I should be signing a new contract soon,” he said.
“It would be reward for all the hard work I’ve put in. It would be great for me and great for my family as well. All I’ve ever wanted is to play for Liverpool and I want to stay here for as long as I possibly can.”
Flanagan has missed the start of the season because of a knee injury picked up in pre-season, but when he returns in the next few weeks he will be an integral part of Brendan Rodgers’ plans.
According to the Daily Mirror, Barcelona midfielder Song is keen on a move to Liverpool, and the club may be interested in bringing him in.
With Lucas Leiva likely to join Napoli on loan before the end of the transfer window, Rodgers will need to strengthen in defensive midfield by Monday. The 26-year Cameroon international would be a shrewd acquisition, and would strengthen an area of the pitch the Reds sometimes look a little light in.
Song has made 65 appearances in two seasons for Barcelona, but has invariably been kept out of the side by the likes of Sergio Busquets and Xavi.
Liverpool have been given the go-ahead to sign River Plate centre-back Balanta, according to Metro.
The 21-year-old has been on the radar of the club for a while now, and while they were initially unconvinced by the £8m price tag slapped on the Colombian, River Plate’s president Rodolfo D’Onofrio has confirmed the club have now lowered the asking price.
“We value him now at £4.3million,” he said.
“The most important thing is that we can get the money now. We don’t want a loan or pay a small amount now. This is not possible for us.”
Rodgers’ reported interest in Balanta once again raises doubts over the future of Daniel Agger, who has been rumoured to be on his way out of Anfield all summer.
Having been strongly linked earlier in the week, Robinson has officially joined QPR on a permanent deal, bringing an end to his time at Liverpool.
The 20-year-old has joined the west London club for an undisclosed fee, and has been immediately loaned out to Championship side Huddersfield. Rs manager Harry Redknapp clearly sees him as a long-term option rather than a current one, saying:
“He’ll continue his development at Huddersfield, where I’m sure he’ll do well.”
Robinson made six first-team appearances for the Reds, including two in the Europa League in 2012/13.
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